June 1, 2024

Faith-Based Healing for Orphans: The Impact of Forgiveness

For orphaned children, the journey toward healing is often fraught with challenges and uncertainties. Yet, amidst the darkness of their past, there exists a glimmer of hope—a hope rooted in the transformative power of faith.

Throughout our blog series, ”Faith-Based Healing for Orphans,” we are exploring the profound intersection of faith and healing in the lives of orphaned children—starting with the impact of forgiveness.

The Impact of Forgiveness

In the realm of aiding traumatized children, especially orphans who have endured unimaginable hardships, the concept of forgiveness is a multifaceted issue—one that poses both a challenge and an opportunity for those guided by Christian principles. 

As Christians involved in this critical work, we at The Boaz Project have grappled with the complexity of forgiveness and its role in the healing journey of these vulnerable souls.

The belief in forgiveness is deeply ingrained in Christian practices. It’s not just a question of morals—it’s a commandment to forgive those who have wronged us, as we ourselves have been forgiven. And, when it comes to children who have suffered trauma, this forgiveness can have a major impact on their healing journeys.  

Research and real-life stories alike underscore the transformative power of forgiveness in healing wounds and fostering resilience. A recent scientific study found that trauma victims who were able to forgive showed lower levels of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress symptoms compared to those who harbored feelings of resentment and bitterness.

But how do we navigate this delicate terrain with children who may not fully comprehend the concept of forgiveness, let alone its implications for their healing?

Navigating forgiveness can be complex.

Trauma inflicts deep wounds that permeate every aspect of a child’s being—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The effects are profound, shaping their brains, their health, and their relationships—going as far as taking away their capacity to process concepts their peers understand.

With this in mind, the path to forgiveness can seem insurmountable for orphans who have experienced prolonged and severe trauma.

In our approach to helping these children, we must tread carefully, acknowledging the gravity of their pain and never communicating that what they’ve endured is “okay” or deserved—all while still gently guiding them toward the healing impact of forgiveness. 

This begins with instilling in them the understanding that their suffering grieves the heart of a compassionate God—a God who empathizes with their pain and longs to bring healing and restoration.

From this position of a loved child of God who has been wronged, a child is encouraged to turn their pain and bitterness over to God, the righteous judge. They can leave their hurts and neglect at His feet and allow Him to decide how to handle the punishment deserved.

Healing through forgiveness doesn’t stop there.

Scripture serves as our guidebook in this journey of faith-based healing. By sharing passages that illustrate God’s redemptive nature, we can offer these children real hope for their futures as they come to understand God’s desire “to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” (Isaiah 61:3 NIV).

Yet, forgiveness is not a one-time event but a process—a journey of surrender and release that may unfold over time. As caregivers and advocates, we must walk alongside these children with patience and empathy, offering support and encouragement as they navigate the complexities of forgiveness.

Ultimately, our faith teaches us that true healing is found in Christ—healing that transcends earthly pain and suffering. It’s our firm belief that by anchoring these children in the love and grace of God, we provide them with a foundation for healing and restoration that extends far beyond the wounds of their past.

In the end, the impact of forgiveness is not just about letting go of anger and resentment; it’s about embracing the transformative power of God’s love and mercy. And it’s through this profound act of faith that orphaned children can find healing, hope, and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

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Because God knew that abandoned children would need help to survive, He tells us to actively meet the needs of orphans in James 1:27.

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When you choose to partner with The Boaz Project, you'll restore hope, ensure a brighter future through education, and share the love of Jesus with children who desperately need it.

Just imagine the impact you can have—from saving a child from the horrors of the streets to helping them become community leaders, educators, and nurturers of the next generation.

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Orphan Advocate Training Certification Levels

Level 1

Learn about the mission and vision of The Boaz Project through activities such as watching an Encounter webinar, exploring our website, and following us on social media. You will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with your Orphan Advocate Training Coach, who will help you as you go through the levels.

Level 2

Gain more insight into the realities of the orphan crisis through reading "The Orphan’s Abba" and visiting The Boaz Project YouTube page. You will also meet The Boaz Project staff.

Level 3

Grow in your understanding of the orphan crisis, meet some houseparents by reading their stories, and create your own "Pick 2" with options like watching a movie and completing a creative project utilizing your unique skill set.

Level 4

Enhance your knowledge of healthy attachments for orphans, watch a webinar about Eastern Europe’s institutional orphanage system, and visit the Boaz office virtually or in person.

Level 5

Utilize all of the knowledge you have gained throughout training to develop methods based on your personal experience to share the mission and vision of The Boaz Project with others. Read a portion of our first level Houseparent Trauma Training and use your unique skills to impact orphans with a special project. Completing Level 5 gives you the option to apply to become an OAT Coach and/or a Regional Coordinator for The Boaz Project.


Do I have to live near Greenwood, Indiana to complete the training?

No! This certification is intentionally created to allow opportunities for anyone in any location to fully participate.

How much of a time commitment is it?

This is completely up to you. The entire process is self-directed. There are no deadlines, and you may take as much or as little time as you need to complete each course.

Can I do this training with my spouse? Or a friend?

Yes! Going through the training with a spouse or friend can provide accountability and motivation. As you progress, you may be able to accomplish more together!

How much will it cost?

All Orphan Advocate Training courses are free to join! While you may choose to spend money while completing some projects, there are only minimal costs involved (such as a book or a few supplies) depending on which course you choose to do.

Is there an age requirement to become a Certified Orphan Advocate Trainee?

This would be answered on a case-by-case basis. This would also be open to middle schoolers or high schoolers looking to complete volunteer hours (i.e. National Honor Society) or build college applications. We always encourage young people to be involved if they feel led by God to do so!

What if I don’t have any social media accounts?

We will adjust your requirements to accommodate you and provide different opportunities to engage.

If I complete the five-level Orphan Advocate Training Certification, can I put it on my resume or LinkedIn profile?

Yes! When you complete each level, you will receive a certification that you can use to enhance your professional profile and to show involvement in community service.

Will I be able to get a signed letter to verify my volunteer hours?

We are sorry that we cannot verify volunteer hours that are done outside of the office or an event due to the fact that these hours are not supervised. However, we can write about the quality of work that was done, your commitment level, and the training courses achieved. We can also say that your self-reported, unsupervised hours fit into the typical number of hours that are usual for that course.

How do I get started?

If you think you would like to begin Orphan Advocate Training, please complete the form below, and you’ll be assigned an OAT Coach. Once your coach reviews your information, he/she will send you an email with your next steps!

Who do I contact if I have any other questions?

Please complete the form below or contact OAT@boazproject.org with any questions.

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